Heading for a Disney World family vacation?
Get ready for an overload of lots of really cool “stuff” in their gift shops not only on main street, but at the exit of major rides.
For those of us on a budget, that can be difficult. In our family, my kids have the opportunity to earn $20-30 each before hand and choose to spend it at Disney if they like. But for me best Disney souvenirs are my memories and some of these free Disney souvenirs.
Free Disney World Souvenirs
- Resort newsletters
- Park maps
- Soaps & Shampoos from WDW Resorts
- Some resorts have free resort postcards (check in your room)
- Walt Disney World Resort pens
- Mardi Gras Beads at Port Orleans French Quarter lobby.
- Free 5×7 printed family picture along with a private character meet-and-greet when you show your Disney Visa at the Meet and Greet in Epcot’s Innovention West between 1-7 pm
- Email postcards at Innoventions
- Birthday Card – tell the waiter at dinner you are celebrating your birthday and get a special birthday card signed from some Disney pals!
- Free souvenir pin with select Disney World vacation packages
- 'Clean Plate Club' sticker from 50's Prime Time Cafe
- Character autographs (you don’t need a fancy autograph book to do so, but we a better selection and price by buying autograph books ahead of time)
- Leis from the Polynesian Luau
- Buttons for birthdays, anniversary, family reunion, and lots of other things (ask at your hotel when you check in or park guest services)
- Complete the Pirates Tutorial in Magic Kingdom and receive a certificate.
- If you have a little one traveling with you, find out if your child can become the honorary Train Conductor at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and receive a “Conductor Card” and they will get to announce ‘All Aboard’
- Stickers given out by cast members throughout the parks & in stores
- Children's menus that have coloring pages on the back
- Drinks coasters from resorts
- Ask the bus, monorail and boat drivers for transportation cards.
- Complete the Jedi Training in Hollywood Studios and receive a certificate.
- Participate in the Wilderness Explorers program in Animal Kingdom and keep the book, pen and receive stickers for each experience you complete
- Golf ball – after playing mini golf at Winter Summerland Mini Golf (this is the best course we’ve EVER played on!)
- Magic Bands or Resort ID cards
- Drivers License from the Tomorrowland Speedway for kids. Just ask a Cast Member for one.
- Drivers License from Sci Fi Theater. Just ask your waiter.
- Things kids make at Epcot Kidcot stations
- Some drinks are served in souvenir glasses
- Free pirate maps after playing A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas game in Adventureland (this surprising, interactive hunt is definitely worth your time; it is one of our favorite activities at Disney World)
- Video postcard from Innoventions, send one to yourself and you have a great memory.
- Recipes – Did you know that at dinner you can ask your server for a recipe of your favorite dish. They will bring you the recipe on an embossed recipe card from the chef
- Pictures - it may seem obvious, but they are my favorite souvenir. Plus did you realize you can hand your camera to any Photopass photographer and they’d be happy to take a picture of your entire family on your camera for no extra charge!
Plus, not FREE, but you can get a pressed penny for 51¢. Kids will love making their own souvenir as you stop by different pressed penny machines at every resort and park for a fun, unique souvenir. Our favorite was getting pennies from around the world at Epcot – check in the gift shop of each country.
Best Disney SouvenirsIf you are going to spring for a paid Disney World souvenir I recommend getting things you can only find in the park or that are a memory in and of themselves:
- build your own Mr. Potato Head with “Disney accessories”
- build your own light saber (plus don’t forget your kids can be in the Jedi Training Academy too)
- holiday ornament (Our family picks an ornament each year from wherever we visit on vacation. Then when we put up the tree we can remember all our special family memories together.)
- pick a pearl in Japan / Epcot (you pick a clam and then get whatever pearl(s) are in side. We opted to put ours in a nice setting for our daughter to remember the trip and our fun as a family)
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